The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America, today announces the schedule for its 6th Annual Jr. NLL Tournament, a weekend-long competition featuring youth clubs representing NLL teams in both the U.S. and Canada. Teams from three divisions will compete at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre and Glen Abbey Community Centre in Oakville, Ontario from Friday, August 24 to Sunday August 26.
Junior clubs for the Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Rochester Knighthawks, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth, along with Junior Edmonton, will compete with players participating across Peewee, Bantam and Midget age levels.
“The Rock have been tremendous hosts of the Jr NLL tournament since its inception 5 years ago,” said Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “It is exciting to see the growth of box lacrosse, especially in each of our current markets. It is truly a testament to our teams and their work at the grassroots level in the community.”
Players, coaches and staff from the NLL will take part in the weekend, which will kick off with an opening ceremony and skills competition on Friday, August 24th.
“This tournament is special for so many reasons,” said Rock Owner, President and GM Jamie Dawick. “We are growing the game in markets across Canada and the U.S. through the Jr. NLL Tournament teams and having youth players coached by the best lacrosse players in the world. Very soon, we are going to see players that have participated in this event playing in the NLL right alongside the very same players they have looked up to as mentors at the Jr. NLL Tournament.”
More details regarding the Jr NLL Tournament can be found below:
Toronto Rock Athletic Centre: 1132 Invicta Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 6G1
Glen Abbey Community Centre: 1415 Third Line, Oakville, ON, L6M 3G2
Division breakdown by birth year:
- Peewee: Players Born in 2006 or 2007
- Bantam: Players Born in 2004 or 2005
- Midget: Players Born in 2002 or 2003
Full tournament scores and statistics will be available on NLL.com.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 11 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth. The 2017-18 NLL season, commemorating the League’s 32nd year, concluded June 9th with the Saskatchewan Rush being crowned champions. For more information, visit NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.